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We are at an exciting time in biomarker discovery with the technological advances over the past 5-10 years leading to the potential capability of efficient discovery of biomarkers specific to the many different faces of disease and therapeutic intervention; including diagnosis, disease progression, drug efficacy, and drug toxicity.  This workshop will introduce the basic concepts of biomarker discovery, an introduction to pattern recognition technology, the use of the support vector analysis for discovery of biomarkers, and detailed presentation of the newly discovered biomarkers for the early detection and assessment of prostate cancer and BPH.

Dr. Stephen Barnhill is a Physician trained in Laboratory Medicine/Clinical Pathology and a pioneer in the development of Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition Computational Techniques.  He was the co-inventor of the first neural network patents and the inventor of the first support vector machine used in medicine for genomic discovery.   In addition, Dr. Barnhill is the sole inventor or co-inventor on numerous pioneer patents in artificial intelligence based machine learning techniques and diagnostic discovery; and led the team that identified the genes that cause colon cancer.  He has peer-reviewed publications in medical and scientific journals and has been a featured speaker at major medical conferences, both Internationally and in the United States.

Dr. Herbert Fritsche is Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Chief of the Clinical Chemistry Section at The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.   His research activities focus on the development and validation of cancer diagnostics.   Dr. Fritsche has participated in the validation and FDA clearance process for every commercial serum tumor marker product currently in use in the US.  He serves on the Editorial Board of six international scientific journals, and as a consultant to the National Cancer Institute.   He has published over 170 peered reviewed scientific papers, invited articles and book chapters and holds 3 patents.   He has lectured for many years at international and national meetings.

About Health Discovery Corporation
Savannah-based Health Discovery Corporation is uniquely positioned in the field of pattern recognition technology. Through the application of its patent protected technology, HDC is a leader in SVM-based molecular diagnostic and prognostic test development in genomics and proteomics, as well as, digital image analysis in pathology and radiology. The Company's SVM and FGM pattern recognition tools have significant application potential in other sizable commercial markets such as oil exploration, financial markets, Internet search and spam, homeland security, and other areas where analysis of large volumes of complex data is required.

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Welcome and Introductions

9:10 Basic concepts of biomarker discovery

9:40 An introduction to pattern recognition technology

10:20 Morning Coffee

10:50 Use of the support vector analysis for discovery of biomarkers

11:30 Newly discovered biomakers for the early detection and assessment of prostate cancer and BPH

12:30 Close of the Workshop

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Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
Kensington
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

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‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

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There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

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